A Calming Scene in Water-Mixable Oils

Hi friends! I got busy yesterday and forgot to post my sketchbook Sunday, which was actually a painting on a canvas panel because that is what I felt like doing LOL!

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I am so ready for spring and summer, I could totally imagine taking one of those boats for a spin! Watch the time lapse to see how I painted it.

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I hope you have a relaxing day and enjoy the sunshine if you have it! Happy crafting!

 

 

Fun with Water Mixable Oils (Sketchbook Sunday)

Hi friends! I had a hankering to paint with oils today. Often oils seem like “a big ordeal” because I have to open tubes, squeeze out paint and then clean up afterward. If you have been on an art journey with me for any length of time you know how lazy I am and I just like to open a palette and go hence watercolor and gouache are my go to paints (and I did think quite hard about painting this is gouache which would be totally suitable) but in the end I wanted the smooth buttery consistency of oil under my brush and you just gotta do what feel right!

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I used an 11″x14″ cotton canvas painting panel but you can use a stretched canvas, hard board panel of whatever you like. I chose a panel because they are thin to store and easy to frame if I want to later. I really don’t have much of  a preference between non paper surfaces, I just choose one that has the tooth I want for a particular subject. Watch the video to see the process. The painting took just under an hour. It was a  ton of fun to paint! Let me know if you would like any real-time oil painting tutorials. I have plans to paint more in oils but I am not sure if I will record them, I will if there is interest tho.

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Keep in mind you can use traditional oils, there really is no difference in the working aspects of the paint or the drying time. For that matter you can use acrylics with a slow drying medium if you prefer. The big advantage of the watermixable oils in the clean up as you don’t need solvents. Honestly I don’t mind using traditional oils and solvents but with my wintertime painting area being right off my kitchen I really don’t want the fumes. And to be honest I get a bit panicky about solvent soaked paper towels. My old studio that I used to rent downtown used to be a bank and so I would store solvents and cans of oily rags in the old bank vault until trash day in case they combusted LOL! Since I taught two oil painting classes a week there were always solvent soaked paper towels about. I think it’s a good idea to be cautious when you use these products at home and I am glad that watermixible oils exist and now rival the traditional ones.  That’s all for today, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Pretty Bird in Oils REAL TIME {free} Painting Class & Giveaway!

Hi friends! Today we are going to paint a peahen!

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I am using Lukas Berlin Water mixable oils but you can use traditional oils, pastels, gouache or acrylics with slow drying medium to paint along! We are going to be sketching and painting together in this real-time class with lots of beginner tips and tricks! Feel free to pause the video as you master a technique, this is not a race, take as much time and you need and most importantly, have fun!

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Supplies:

  • Oil Paint (Vermilion Hue OR Cad red Hue, Primary/Lemon Yellow, Yellow Ocher, Cad Yellow Hue, Viridian Hue, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue Hue, Titanium White, Burnt Umber) I used Lukas Water Mixable Oils but you can also use traditional oils or even acrylics.
  • 9″x12″ Senseo Linen (canvas) Panel
  • Assortment of brushes, filberts and rounds are very handy!
  • Oil pastels for sketching on design. *If using acrylics or gouache use watercolor pencils to sketch.
  • Reference photo from ESP on Paint My Photo.

This was so enjoyable to paint. I want to thank you for encouraging me to keep my tutorials in real-time. I am so happy that you want to spend the time to learn and not just have the instant gratification of watching a painting that took an hour be boiled down to 5 minutes which seems to be the trend on YouTube. You guys are the best! Happy crafting!

My First Oil Painting Video Tutorial: Orchids!

Howdy friends. First up I wanted to let you know that I have a 30% off sale in my MyGrafico shop today and tomorrow so if you want to grab some digital goodies everything is on sale from painting kits to digi stamps and everything in between! Now on to the fun! I had been asked to do an oil painting video and I really wanted to but dealing with longer videos was not an option until we replaced our antiquated computer. I wanted to make a relaxed video demonstrating some oil techniques while also instructing you to make a beautiful painting. Did I hit the mark?

I can see areas for improvement but I am pretty happy with it. I forgot how much I enjoyed working in oils. I always dreaded the cleanup and stinky solvents so working with water mixable oils was perfect. You can use whatever kind you prefer, even acrylic paint if you use a bit of extender with it. Remember if you want any digi product from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff it is all 30% off through tomorrow midnight (MyGrafico shop only) so don’t wait! Here are some items that you might like with fathers day right around the corner:

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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